August 15, 2013 - No Lifetime Ban For A-Rod, New York Fans Say 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Fans Divided On 211-Game Ban
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New York City baseball fans say 69 - 26 percent that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez should not be banned for life from playing baseball, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

New York Yankees fans oppose a lifetime ban 74 - 20 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

All New York baseball fans are divided on Major League Baseball's 211-game ban of Rodriguez as 36 percent say it's appropriate; 36 percent say it's too severe and 22 percent say it's not severe enough. Among Yankees fans, 37 percent say the current ban is appropriate, while 40 percent say it's too severe and 18 percent say it's not severe enough.

A total of 49 percent of New York City adults say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball. Of that group, 62 percent list the Yankees as their favorite team, while 23 percent cheer for the Mets.

"Say it ain't so, Alex. Most New York fans say Major League Baseball's 211-game ban of Alex Rodriquez is appropriate or not severe enough. But all fans, especially Yankees fans, want to see A-Rod back in baseball whenever this is all worked out," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From August 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,864 New York City adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. The survey includes 995 baseball fans with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, or call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

31. How interested are you in following major league baseball; very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS...................................................
                                                 AREA.............................
                     Tot    Wht    Blk    Hsp    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Very interested      18%    23%    12%    19%    27%    15%    19%    14%    21%
Smwht interested     31     30     34     33     33     30     29     29     38
Not at all           51     47     53     49     40     54     52     57     41
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      1      1      -      -      -
 
                                   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Men   Wom     18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very interested      24%    12%    12%    20%    21%    19%
Smwht interested     31     30     25     29     35     36
Not at all           44     57     63     51     45     44
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      2
 
TREND: How interested are you in following major league baseball - very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS....................
                     Aug 15  Jul 29  Mar 25  Aug 31  May 28
                     2013    2011    2009    2007    2007
 
Very interested      18      17      19      27      23
Smwht interested     31      30      31      29      32
Not at all           51      52      49      44      45
DK/NA                 -       -       1       -       -
 
 
32. (If Very or Somewhat interested q31) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                     BASEBALL FANS................................................
                                                 AREA.............................
                     Tot    Wht    Blk    Hsp    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
New York YANKEES     62%    55%    67%    65%    72%    58%    59%    57%    68%
New York METS        23     28     18     24     17     27     18     29     25
Boston RED SOX        3      4      -      2      1      5      2      2      -
Los Angeles DODGERS   1      1      -      -      -      -      1      2      -
Philadelphia PHILLIES 1      1      1      1      -      -      2      -      1
San Francisco GIANTS  1      -      2      -      -      -      -      2      1
Other Specify         2      1      2      3      3      1      3      1      2
DK/NA                 5      3      8      4      5      6      7      5      1
 
                                   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
New York YANKEES     58%    65%    59%    65%    66%    51%
New York METS        25     21     19     19     23     35
Boston RED SOX        2      3      5      2      2      1 
Los Angeles DODGERS   1      -      -      1      -      1
Philadelphia PHILLIES 1      1      -      1      -      -
San Francisco GIANTS  -      1      -      1      -      -
Other Specify         2      2      2      2      1      2
DK/NA                 5      5     12      2      5      6
 
TREND: (If Very or Somewhat interested in major league baseball) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                     BASEBALL FANS.........................
                     Aug 15  Jul 29  Mar 25  Aug 31  May 28
                     2013    2011    2009    2007    2007
 
Baltimore Orioles     -       1       -       -       1
Boston Red Sox        3       3       3       3       3
Cleveland Indians     -       -       -       1       -
Los Angeles Dodgers   1       -       1       -       1
New York Mets        23      26      33      35      36
New York Yankees     62      59      56      51      50
St. Louis Cardinals   -       1       -       -       1
Atlanta Braves        -       1       -       -       -
Philadelphia Phillies 1       1       -       -       -
San Francisco GIANTS  1
Texas Rangers         -       1       -       -       -
OTHER SPECIFY         2       -       1       2       1
DK/NA                 5       4       4       5       5
 
 
33. Do you think Alex Rodriguez's suspension from major league baseball for 211 games is appropriate, too severe, or not severe enough?
                     BASEBALL FANS...
                     Tot    Men   Wom
 
Appropriate          36%    36%    36%
Too severe           36     35     38
Not severe enough    22     25     18
DK/NA                 6      4      8
 
                     YANKEE FANS.....
                     Tot    Men   Wom
 
Appropriate          37%    37%    36%
Too severe           40     40     41
Not severe enough    18     20     16
DK/NA                 5      3      7
 
 
34. Do you think Alex Rodriguez should be banned from baseball for life or not?
                     BASEBALL FANS...
                     Tot    Men   Wom
 
Yes                  26%    29%    22%
No                   69     68     70
DK/NA                 6      4      8
 
                     YANKEE FANS.....
                     Tot    Men   Wom
 
Yes                  20%    23%    18%
No                   74     74     74
DK/NA                 5      4      7